Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Why Vote For Clinton?

by Dick Mac

Why? Because it isn't all about me.

Because I had a mother who was an amazing woman. A woman who raised four children by herself. A woman who got herself and her kids out of the projects, kept us fed and clothed, and worked as many hours as needed in order to accomplish all that.

Because I have sisters and sisters-in-law, who work hard, are beautiful, loving considerate mothers, wives, and neighbors themselves.

Because I was taught by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who dedicated their lives to my education.

Because my first professional mentor was an eccentric, fun-loving, giving, caring, intelligent, enthusiastic teacher of those around her.

Because I have a daughter who is becoming one of the most amazing young women I have ever met in my entire life. A woman who is compassionate and caring and loving and giving. A young lady who embodies everything that I've known about the amazing qualities of women.

Because I know and love women who are doctors and bankers and business people and actors and writers and editors and waiters and teachers and housewives and nurses and firefighters and cops and singers and dancers and musicians and nuns and ministers and lawyers and judges and soldiers.

Because I know women who are pink and brown and beige and black. Who are large and small and medium-sized.

Because I know women who love men, women who love women, women who love whomever they want, women who struggle with gender identity, women who have won and women who have lost.

Because of those women, the women I know and love, and those I don't know and may not love, and all the people on this planet who deserve to have a leader of the free world who is an amazing daughter, wife, mother, neighbor, lawyer, politician, diplomat, and human being, I am voting for Hillary Clinton.

I hope you will, too.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jesse Owens and Luz Long - an unlikely friendship

by Dick Mac

Jesse Owens and Luz Long were unlikely friends in pre-war Germany.

Owens was an African-American athlete and Long a blond-haired, blue-eyed German. The men participated in the 1936 Olympics (sometimes called the Nazi Olympics) and were rivals competing for the gold medal in the Long Jump.

Owens went on to win the long jump gold, along with three (3) other gold medals, and allegedly caused some consternation in the Nazi government that was promoting Aryan superiority in every field and every discipline.

Their bond was so strong that Long openly congratulated Owens, ostensibly in Hitler's line of vision, and the two corresponded after the Games.

During WWII, Long was sent to North Africa as a soldier to fight for Nazi Germany.  As the war raged on and the Nazi cause become doomed, Long wrote a final letter to Owens that included this final request:
" . . . go to Germany when this war done, someday find my Karl, and tell him about his father. Tell him, Jesse, what times were like when we not separated by war. I am saying—tell him how things can be between men on this earth."

Long did not survive the Nazi campaign in North Africa.  After some years, Owens befriended Long's son, Karl, and the two became close.

The website "Letters Of Note" tells the entire story and publishes the letter:  Tell him about his father . . . 

It is worth the read.

Friday, June 10, 2016

I Am The Greatest

by Dick Mac

"I Am The Greatest,"
     Cassius Clay, 1964

"I'm so mean I make medicine sick,"
     Muhammad Ali, RIP (1942 - 2016)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

An Apple A Day

by Dick Mac

See my article on Page 10 in the current issue of The Word on The Streets:

An Apple A Day

Stand By Me

by Dick Mac

No I won't be afraid
Oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

     Stand By Me, Cassius Clay (1964)

"I'm so mean I make medicine sick,"
     Muhammad Ali, RIP (1942 - 2016)